Published May 28, 2018The final series of the NHL's 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight, pitting the Washington Capitals against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. While the success that the latter franchise has had over the course of its inaugural year has shocked many, it seems like The Simpsons might have predicted it.
In another instance of the show's strange ability to foreshadow the future, hockey's greatest prize appears in a Las Vegas hotel room rented by Homer Simpson and Ned Flanders in the Season 10 episode "Viva Ned Flanders."
NHL columnist Nick Cotsonika shared a still from the episode on Twitter, showing the Stanley Cup sitting amongst a grill, three watermelons and a Rolls-Royce golf cart.
The items ended up in the room after Homer and Ned's wild night on the strip, with Cotsonika also adding that the episode also predates Vegas bender film The Hangover.
Golden Knights defenceman Luca Sbisa told NHL.com about his theory that Simpsons creator Matt Groening "knows a guy or is a guy who has time travel...I saw this video [online], and there's proof after proof that somebody [time-travelled]."
"I don't want to read too much into it," Sbisa added. "But I like where their head is at."
Recent Simpsons predictions that seem too good to be coincidence include media acquisitions, Super Bowl halftime shows and Tycho album art.
Groening is set to deliver a new animated series titled Disenchantment for Netflix this August.
In 1999, before "The Hangover" and the Golden Knights, Homer Simpson and Ned Flanders had the Stanley Cup in Vegas. pic.twitter.com/dnm1ucNtCt— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 26, 2018